22 Nov TeraMedica offers system integration tool for hospitals
Milwaukee — TeraMedica has developed a new system for digital imaging in hospitals. Evercore, tested at the Mayo Clinic and UW-Madison, is designed to work with the entire network at a hospital rather than individual departments.
Paul Markham, vice president of marketing for TeraMedica, got the idea for developing Evercore’s software when he saw that medical firms were designing and purchasing systems that were division-specific. Since this led to a variety of vendors in one hospital, it made it increasingly difficult to coordinate each division.
“You may think it’s all connected, but it’s actually disconnected to a startling degree,” Markham said. “If you think about this in segments, we have the ability to connect multiple system vendors, and also connect them to the traditional hospital infrastructure.”
In Evercore, data involved in running a hospital – patient charts and medical records – is scanned and assimilated into the hospital network, where it can be accessed at any point. Evercore helps remove any redundancies in the data and makes sure to fill in any gaps between storing and retrieving the data.
Evercore also aims to eliminate vendor incompatibility between systems from different companies. Since this is an issue that stands in the way of linking up departments in a clinic – who traditionally order their hardware and software separately – Evercore has modules that connect different sysems.
“The big thing here is that the target market is the central information officer, not the department of radiology,” Markham said. “It corrects the grapple-hold [IT vendors] have with an institution. [The institution] can pull out an old system and plug in a new one.”
While Evercore can be used in any hospital, it is meant for bigger facilities like Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic, where the distributor components functions more efficiently by scaling to a larger volume of data.
“We connect all these pieces to the hospital system, stored without painful data mismatch,” Markham said. “The biggest trick is that we don’t fit in any well-known market, we’re across different worlds.”
Les Chappell is a staff writer for WTN and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.